Rise of the Skeleton Armyis the debut album of local Nashville Thrash/Death Metal band, Dead Alive, released to streaming on October 29th of 2021.
Dead Alive is the creative brainchild of the band's skeletal corpse paint-wearing frontman, "Count Scapula." Inspired by cult classic horror movies and the metal culture surrounding once underground bands of the 70s and 80s, the Count orchestrated this 8-song LP around the themes and imagery of the skeleton monster.
Dead Alive formed initially in 2015 after departing playing guitar from a local modern rock band on his way to Illinois for college. The Count and his co-guitarist from that band "Manthing" wanted to make metal music "you could feel in your bones," writing an early draft of the album's 2nd track.
It wouldn't be until 2017, when the Count returned to Nashville, that he and Manthing completed the 7 demo tracks of "Rise of the Skeleton Army"; and not until 2020 when the Count found the last two musicians for Dead Alive's current lineup, "Soul Taker" and "V", and recorded the album at the studio, wired for sound, that fall.
Being described as, "a powerful hidden work reminiscent of the US underground thrash around '85!," Rise of the Skeleton Army utilizes a blend of metal styles from black, death, doom, groove, thrash, and horror punk - to reinforce the metal, horror, cinematic journey of the album from beginning to the end.
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